CAP 232s Grounded
ANN has learned that an
Emergency AD issued by Generale De L’Aviation Civile (France)
was prompted by the tragic loss of French aerobatic pilot
Jean-Michel Delorme, who passed away August 30th when his CAP 232
lost a wing during the French aerobatic championship. A
talented aerobatic competitor, Delorme (pictured below) left a wife
and a 20-month old baby girl.
A member of the French Air Force Aerobatic Team (EVAA), the EVAA
said that, "...Thursday the 30th of August, at around 19:00, a
CAP 232 which was taking part in the French championship of
aerobatics (single-seat plane) crashed in Saint Yan. The pilot,
captain Jean-Michel Delorme, the most qualified pilot of the French
Air Force aerobatics team (EVAA) and first at the last France's
championship, died in crash.
The French Air Force has lost a famous and smart pilot of
military aerobatics and conveys its warmest sympathy to captain
Delorme's family. The aircraft crashed in a clear area with no
The investigation conducted by the French Defence investigation
board (BEAD) and Macon Court of Justice shall determined the causes
of the accident.
DIRECTIVE (EAD) PUBLISHED BY DIRECTION GENERALE DE L’AVIATION
CIVILE (FRANCE) ACCORDING TO ARTICLE 10.1 OF EUROPEAN UNION
REGULATION 1592/2002. THIS TEXT IS NOT SENT TO FOREIGN OPERATORS OF
AIRCRAFT NOT REGISTERED IN FRANCE. IT IS UP TO THE NATIONAL
AUTHORITIES TO FORWARD IT TO THEM ON RECEIPT.
No UF-2005-156 – APEX AIRCRAFT – CAP230, CAP231,
CAP231EX, CAP232 aircraft (ATA 53, 57)
1. EFFECTIVITY: This Emergency Airworthiness
Directive (EAD) concerns the following aircraft : CAP 230, CAP 231,
CAP 231 EX and CAP 232 aircraft, all serial numbers.
2. REASON: This EAD is issued following a
fracture in flight that has occurred to a CAP 232 aircraft during
the French aerobatics Championship in Saint-Yan.
3. MANDATORY ACTIONS AND COMPLIANCE TIMES: The
following conservative action is taken in accordance with the Type
Certificate Holder Apex Aircraft, while waiting for the
investigation results. At the effective date of this EAD, the
concerned airplanes are grounded. A ferry flight to the aircraft
base or to a workshop is nonetheless authorized.
4. REFERENCE PUBLICATION: None.
5. EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon receipt, from August